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Reading 1

Judges chapter 9

(Jdg 9:1) And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother`s brethren, and spake with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother`s father, saying,

(Jdg 9:2) Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, that all the sons of Jerubbaal, who are threescore and ten persons, rule over you, or that one rule over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.

(Jdg 9:3) And his mother`s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

(Jdg 9:4) And they gave him threescore and ten [pieces] of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light fellows, who followed him.

(Jdg 9:5) And he went unto his father`s house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: but Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.

(Jdg 9:6) And all the men of Shechem assembled themselves together, and all the house of Millo, and went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar that was in Shechem.

(Jdg 9:7) And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

(Jdg 9:8) The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us.

(Jdg 9:9) But the olive-tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honor God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

(Jdg 9:10) And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, and reign over us.

(Jdg 9:11) But the fig-tree said unto them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

(Jdg 9:12) And the trees said unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

(Jdg 9:13) And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?

(Jdg 9:14) Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

(Jdg 9:15) And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

(Jdg 9:16) Now therefore, if ye have dealt truly and uprightly, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands

(Jdg 9:17) (for my father fought for you, and adventured his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:

(Jdg 9:18) and ye are risen up against my father`s house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maid-servant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother);

(Jdg 9:19) if ye then have dealt truly and uprightly with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you:

(Jdg 9:20) but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.

(Jdg 9:21) And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

(Jdg 9:22) And Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.

(Jdg 9:23) And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

(Jdg 9:24) that the violence done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and that their blood might be laid upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and upon the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brethren.

(Jdg 9:25) And the men of Shechem set liers-in-wait for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told Abimelech.

(Jdg 9:26) And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem; and the men of Shechem put their trust in him.

(Jdg 9:27) And they went out into the field, and gathered their vineyards, and trod [the grapes], and held festival, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.

(Jdg 9:28) And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve ye the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: but why should we serve him?

(Jdg 9:29) And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

(Jdg 9:30) And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.

(Jdg 9:31) And he sent messengers unto Abimelech craftily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren are come to Shechem; and, behold, they constrain the city [to take part] against thee.

(Jdg 9:32) Now therefore, up by night, thou and the people that are with thee, and lie in wait in the field:

(Jdg 9:33) and it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and rush upon the city; and, behold, when he and the people that are with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion.

(Jdg 9:34) And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.

(Jdg 9:35) And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose up, and the people that were with him, from the ambushment.

(Jdg 9:36) And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the tops of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains as if they were men.

(Jdg 9:37) And Gaal spake again and said, See, there come people down by the middle of the land, and one company cometh by the way of the oak of Meonenim.

(Jdg 9:38) Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, that thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out now, I pray, and fight with them.

(Jdg 9:39) And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

(Jdg 9:40) And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and there fell many wounded, even unto the entrance of the gate.

(Jdg 9:41) And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul drove out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.

(Jdg 9:42) And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.

(Jdg 9:43) And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field; and he looked, and, behold, the people came forth out of the city; And he rose up against them, and smote them.

(Jdg 9:44) And Abimelech, and the companies that were with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city: and the two companies rushed upon all that were in the field, and smote them.

(Jdg 9:45) And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that were therein: and he beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.

(Jdg 9:46) And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard thereof, they entered into the stronghold of the house of Elberith.

(Jdg 9:47) And it was told Abimelech that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.

(Jdg 9:48) And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it up, and laid it on his shoulder: and he said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done.

(Jdg 9:49) And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.

(Jdg 9:50) Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.

(Jdg 9:51) But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut themselves in, and gat them up to the roof of the tower.

(Jdg 9:52) And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and drew near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

(Jdg 9:53) And a certain woman cast an upper millstone upon Abimelech`s head, and brake his skull.

(Jdg 9:54) Then he called hastily unto the young man his armorbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and kill me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.

(Jdg 9:55) And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place.

(Jdg 9:56) Thus God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren;

(Jdg 9:57) and all the wickedness of the men of Shechem did God requite upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Reading 2

Judges chapter 10

(Jdg 10:1) And after Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the hill-country of Ephraim.

(Jdg 10:2) And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

(Jdg 10:3) And after him arose Jair, the Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty and two years.

(Jdg 10:4) And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havvoth-jair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

(Jdg 10:5) And Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.

(Jdg 10:6) And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Baalim, and the Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Sidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook Jehovah, and served him not.

(Jdg 10:7) And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon.

(Jdg 10:8) And they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel that year: eighteen years [oppressed they] all the children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

(Jdg 10:9) And the children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.

(Jdg 10:10) And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, saying, We have sinned against thee, even because we have forsaken our God, and have served the Baalim.

(Jdg 10:11) And Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, [Did] not [I save you] from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?

(Jdg 10:12) The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried unto me, and I saved you out of their hand.

(Jdg 10:13) Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will save you no more.

(Jdg 10:14) Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.

(Jdg 10:15) And the children of Israel said unto Jehovah, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; only deliver us, we pray thee, this day.

(Jdg 10:16) And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

(Jdg 10:17) Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpah.

(Jdg 10:18) And the people, the princes of Gilead, said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

Reading 3

Judges chapter 11

(Jdg 11:1) Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of a harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

(Jdg 11:2) And Gilead`s wife bare him sons; and when his wife`s sons grew up, they drove out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father`s house; for thou art the son of another woman.

(Jdg 11:3) Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain fellows to Jephthah, and they went out with him.

(Jdg 11:4) And it came to pass after a while, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.

(Jdg 11:5) And it was so, that, when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob;

(Jdg 11:6) and they said unto Jephthah, Come and be our chief, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

(Jdg 11:7) And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and drive me out of my father`s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?

(Jdg 11:8) And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore are we turned again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight with the children of Ammon; and thou shalt be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

(Jdg 11:9) And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight with the children of Ammon, and Jehovah deliver them before me, shall I be your head?

(Jdg 11:10) And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Jehovah shall be witness between us; surely according to thy word so will we do.

(Jdg 11:11) Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and chief over them: and Jephthah spake all his words before Jehovah in Mizpah.

(Jdg 11:12) And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come unto me to fight against my land?

(Jdg 11:13) And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when he came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and unto the Jordan: now therefore restore those [lands] again peaceably.

(Jdg 11:14) And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon;

(Jdg 11:15) and he said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah: Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon,

(Jdg 11:16) but when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh;

(Jdg 11:17) then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land; but the king of Edom hearkened not. And in like manner he sent unto the king of Moab; but he would not: and Israel abode in Kadesh.

(Jdg 11:18) Then they went through the wilderness, and went around the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and they encamped on the other side of the Arnon; but they came not within the border of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.

(Jdg 11:19) And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land unto my place.

(Jdg 11:20) But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon gathered all his people together, and encamped in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

(Jdg 11:21) And Jehovah, the God of Israel, delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

(Jdg 11:22) And they possessed all the border of the Amorites, from the Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto the Jordan.

(Jdg 11:23) So now Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess them?

(Jdg 11:24) Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever Jehovah our God hath dispossessed from before us, them will we possess.

(Jdg 11:25) And now art thou anything better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them?

(Jdg 11:26) While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and its towns, and in Aroer and its towns, and in all the cities that are along by the side of the Arnon, three hundred years; wherefore did ye not recover them within that time?

(Jdg 11:27) I therefore have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: Jehovah, the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

(Jdg 11:28) Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.

(Jdg 11:29) Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

(Jdg 11:30) And Jephthah vowed a vow unto Jehovah, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver the children of Ammon into my hand,

(Jdg 11:31) then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth from the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, it shall be Jehovah`s, and I will offer it up for a burnt-offering.

(Jdg 11:32) So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and Jehovah delivered them into his hand.

(Jdg 11:33) And he smote them from Aroer until thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto Abelcheramim, with a very great slaughter. So the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

(Jdg 11:34) And Jephthah came to Mizpah unto his house; and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter.

(Jdg 11:35) And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me; for I have opened my mouth unto Jehovah, and I cannot go back.

(Jdg 11:36) And she said unto him, My father, thou hast opened thy mouth unto Jehovah; do unto me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth, forasmuch as Jehovah hath taken vengeance for thee on thine enemies, even on the children of Ammon.

(Jdg 11:37) And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.

(Jdg 11:38) And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

(Jdg 11:39) And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew not man. And it was a custom in Israel,

(Jdg 11:40) that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Reading 4

Judges chapter 12

(Jdg 12:1) And the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and passed northward; and they said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thy house upon thee with fire.

(Jdg 12:2) And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye saved me not out of their hand.

(Jdg 12:3) And when I saw that ye saved me not, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and Jehovah delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

(Jdg 12:4) Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye are fugitives of Ephraim, ye Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim, [and] in the midst of Manasseh.

(Jdg 12:5) And the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And it was so, that, when [any of] the fugitives of Ephraim said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

(Jdg 12:6) then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth; for he could not frame to pronounce it right: then they laid hold on him, and slew him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time of Ephraim forty and two thousand.

(Jdg 12:7) And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.

(Jdg 12:8) And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel.

(Jdg 12:9) And he had thirty sons; and thirty daughters he sent abroad, and thirty daughters he brought in from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.

(Jdg 12:10) And Ibzan died, and was buried at Beth-lehem.

(Jdg 12:11) And after him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.

(Jdg 12:12) And Elon the Zebulunite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

(Jdg 12:13) And after him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.

(Jdg 12:14) And he had forty sons and thirty sons` sons, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

(Jdg 12:15) And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.